Wolf Administration Announces New Training Opportunities in Plastics Manufacturing in Western Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined leaders from the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald, and other local leaders at CCAC West Hills Center to announce a new worker training program to be offered by CCAC. The new program will focus on providing individuals with barriers with the training they need to land family-sustaining jobs in the plastics manufacturing sector that is on the rise in western Pennsylvania. The training program is made possible through a grant through Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative.

“As Pennsylvania’s manufacturing landscape evolves, we have to be able to evolve with it,” Secretary Davin said. “That’s why CCAC’s new program will be so vital for workers and their families here in western Pennsylvania. Plastics manufacturing is on the rise, and this program will provide workers the skills they need to land these in-demand, family-sustaining careers in the industry. The Wolf Administration is proud to support this new program, and will continue to support manufacturing across the commonwealth.”

The grant will provide $150,000 to CCAC to develop its new Plastics Manufacturing Certification program to meet the increasing demand for plastics manufacturing workers in western Pennsylvania. The new training initiative will focus specifically on providing industry-recognized credentials to individuals with barriers to employment, including displaced homemakers, low-income individuals, ex-offenders, single parents, individuals with long-term unemployment, and youth aging out of the foster care system. CCAC has also partnered with two plastics manufacturers, Impact Guard and Hennecke, Inc., which will offer paid internships to trainees after completion of the program. Classes are expected to begin in late Spring 2019 at CCAC West Hills Center.

“We appreciate the support from the Wolf administration, the Department of Community and Economic Development and our industry partners in helping CCAC launch this exciting program that will not only train individuals for rewarding careers in the growing field of plastics manufacturing, but will also provide a critical pipeline of highly skilled workforce talent needed for this rapidly expanding industry,” said CCAC President Dr. Quintin Bullock. “This program is just one of the many ways CCAC continues to help drive workforce development in the region, thereby contributing to the overall economic vitality and quality of life for those living in Southwestern Pennsylvania.”

The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant is designed to provide funding for training programs to help unemployed and underemployed individuals, as well as those with barriers, to gain the skills they need to gain employment in the manufacturing sector. Eligible applicants include technical and trade schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations that develop new and innovative training programs and partner with two or more manufacturers.

This grant to CCAC builds on the governor’s other Training-to-Career grants to promote manufacturing in Pennsylvania, including grants to the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, Johnstown Area Regional Industries, Reading Area Community College, Workforce Solutions of North Central Pennsylvania, the Precision Manufacturing Institute, the Manufacturers Research Center, the Greater Johnstown Career & Technical Center, and Robert Morris University.

The Training-to-Career grant is one of three components of Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative, along with Industrial Resource Centers and the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Innovation Program, that was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.

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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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